FORTY-FIVE local and international artists have been recognised for their outstanding artistic talent with the Gold Coast City Gallery announcing the finalists for the 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award.
From Switzerland to Argentina, this year’s Ceramic Art Award attracted a diverse range of almost 200 entries, with the finalists to be exhibited at Gold Coast City Gallery from 6 September – 26 October.
Guest judge Dr Patsy Hely, from the School of Art at Australian National University had the difficult job of shortlisting 48 artworks by 45 artists from the high quality entries received.
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“It has been a great experience to view the images of almost 200 entries submitted, although making selections is never easy!” she said.
“In particular it was great to see work from both emerging and established artists and I think this will make for a really interesting exhibition and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the work ‘in the real’.”
While the award continues to attract contemporary artists from around the world, Gallery Manager John Walsh was also pleased to see many local artists recognised.
“Artists from every Australian state have been selected this year which is great to see. In particular, Gold Coast local Leisa Russell has again been selected as a finalist – Leisa’s ceramic artwork was selected as winner of this award in 2012.”
The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 6 September winning $10 000 for their efforts.
“Their artwork will become an important addition to the Gallery’s expanding collection of high-end international ceramics.” Mr Walsh said.
The Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award is a biennial award was established in 1982 to encourage the creation and appreciation of art in clay. It became an international exhibition in 1995.
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